CHILESHE Mpundu Kapwepwe has been appointed new COMESA secretary general.
Kapwepwe becomes the first woman to serve as Secretary General for COMESA since its inception in 1994.
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a free trade area with nineteen member states stretching from Egypt to Swaziland.
Chileshe is the executive director of a non-governmental organisation called “Imiti Ikula Empanga”.
Trained as a public health nurse, Chileshe once served as member of parliament and as a deputy ambassador in Namibia and China.